Exile by Kevin Emerson; 2014; $17.99; 304 pages; Katherine Tegen Books, New York, NY; 978-0-0-213395-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 3/10/16-3/12/16

Why did I read this?  Kevin is another author that I met at Wordstock a few years ago and I have read many of his books.  He has written lots of different things and I have really liked his imagination.

Summer to her friends, Catherine to Carlson squared (her parents) tries to reconcile what she wants to do with her life to what her parents want her to do with her life.  She is in her senior year at a arts high school and is searching for what to do.  Her last band was stolen from her by a band grabbing label that doesn’t care about much more than a quick and easy profit.  She finds a lead singer/guitarist to build a band around, but he comes with a lot of baggage that even he doesn’t know about as the story begins.  The band fills out with members, each of whom brings their own baggage to the band.  When all that baggage starts colliding the story is filled with drama.  Kevin has effectively captured that teenage battle between who we want to be and the mold we think society is forcing us into.  No relationship is easy or overly complicated, every character has shades of gray and is fully formed.

Grade A